The Boston College post-game locker room video you need to see
Boston College head coach Steve Addazio gave a message to his team after its 37-31 upset of then-No. 9 USC on Saturday night that would be a great video in its own right. Addazio spoke to his players about how proud he was of them, to not let one game define them, about always being the best version of themselves.
Great as that was, it was not the most inspirational thing to happen in the Boston College locker room on Saturday night.
The Eagles traded their traditional maroon for red on Saturday to honor former B.C. lacrosse player Welles Crowther, a first responder who lost his life while trying to save others in the horrible aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Crowther’s personal trademark was his red bandanna, so the BC football team wore gloves, cleats and helmets adorned with that familiar red bandanna pattern.
USC entered the week as 20-point favorites, and looked the part in opening up a 10-0 lead through one quarter. From that moment on, though, Boston College owned the game. The Eagles outscored USC 27-7 over the next two quarters and then held on for the 37-31 victory, outrushing the Trojans by an astounding 452-20.
Great as that win was, the best part of the night came in the locker room. Following Adazzio, the parents of Welles Crowther, father Jefferson and mother Allison, addressed the team.
“You have honored us greatly, truly greatly. Just to stand here in front of you and look at your faces, and see the determination that’s there…. I was just so proud of you, so proud of you. I know for my wife Allison, it means so much to us,” Jefferson said.
“The courage and determination you showed out there on the field, and the teamwork, that went on out there on the field was breathtaking,” added Welles’ mother, Allison. “We know that the odds were against you coming out here. We read all the stories. We heard all the news. And I said, ‘Yeah, but they haven’t played the game yet.’ And this was great. What you did tonight was terrific.”
Jefferson summed the night up perfectly. Looking down at a room full of players wearing shoes honoring his son, Jefferson Crowther simply said, “I love these frickin’ shoes.”
Video: How to come off the ball like a Stanford defensive lineman
Stanford’s front seven has given the top teams in the Pac-12 fits for years now, and defensive line coach Randy Hart took home our 2012 FootballScoop Defensive Line Coach of the Year award, and here you get a peek at the technique behind why they’re so successful.
Here, fifth-year senior defensive tackle David Parry takes you through how they’re taught to come off the ball, complete with their aiming points, visual keys, and hand placement.
You be the judge: Is this hit from a HS game better than Clowney’s?
Jadeveon Clowney’s infamous hit on Michigan’s Vincent Jackson ruled the SportsCenter Top Play chart for 45 straight sessions until it was eventually dethroned by Jack Hoffman’s touching TD run at Nebraska’s spring game.
For those that need a reminder, here’s the hit.
That was probably the best hit I’ve ever seen…up until last night when I saw this on my Twitter feed from Tennessee commit Jocquez Bruce. I was then forced to ask myself; Which one is better?
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Clowney’s near-perfect hit is that it not only jarred the ball loose, but he reached down to pick it up with one hand to scoop and score, which is why I, personally, have to give the edge to Clowney.
However, Butch Jones and his staff look to be getting a young cat that can lay the wood , and you can’t teach those kind of instincts.
Video: Oklahoma State’s new indoor is impressive
That Oklahoma State has a new state-of-the-art football facility should not be surprising to you. That Oklahoma State has a new state-of-the-art football facility donated by someone other than T. Boone Pickens, however, should surprise you.
The Cowboys’ Sherman E. Smith Training Center is everything any football team would ever need in an indoor. With the new building, Oklahoma State has two grass and two artificial fields to take care of all their training needs.
Derek Mason’s pre game speech from Saturday will have you ready to suit up
Derek Mason’s pre game talk with his team before taking on UMass is something you’re going to want to watch more than once.
After an 0-2 start, you can tell he wanted this one bad.
“That ‘SEC’ and that star ‘V’ on your head represents everything that you need to know about who we are. So when you step to the field, you release the dogs on ‘em…you let it loose…you give it to ‘em…YOU MAKE THEM FEAR THE SEC.”
“It’s Vanderbilt or die. Somebody give it to ‘em…LET’S RIDE.” Mason passionately told his team, with that look in his eyes that only former defensive coordinators who wish they could still suit up get.